Queen’s Wood is an area of ancient woodland which has
been continuously wooded since at least AD 1600. Certain
plants have a particular affinity for ancient woodland and
are more rarely encountered elsewhere. Many such indicator
plants can be found (or have been recently recorded) in
Queen’s Wood. These include the wood anemone, for which the
wood is well known in spring, when a
carpet of blooms appear in places before the trees get their
leaves, and the orchid, the broad - leaved helleborine. A
full list of thirty other species is included in David
Bevan’s Flora of the wood
This is ‘an astonishingly long list for woodland so
close to London’s heart.’ (Meg Game 2000)
Breeding Bird and Owl Surveys carried out in 2007 and
2014 by David Darrell-Lambert showed twenty five breeding
species including all three types of woodpeckers, gold
crests, tree creepers and nuthatches and most recently a
pair of hobbies.
A survey of Invertebrates by Edward Milner has shown the
presence of rare beetles, some of which are ancient woodland
indicators and similar fungi indicators have also been found
in a recent Fungi survey by Andy Overall.
The three woodland ponds have provided a habitat for
amphibians and, while no survey has yet been carried out,
pond dipping has found frogs, newts and leeches present.
Unfortunately, a recent survey by the Zoological Society of London
showed no evidence of hedgehogs in the wood.
Click below to download the report.